Message From the Principal – Pumpkins & Prayers

Dear HFCS Families and Friends,

Friday, we had our first Rosary Procession preceded by talks given on the Rosary to all the classes. We finished the day with Adoration led by Fr. Anthony and Fr. Remi. Many thanks to the Knights of Columbus that turned out to help with this effort and to Mr. Chavez, our CampusPumpkins & Prayers Minister, who put the event together. It was truly a beautiful prayerful end of the day.

This time of year finds our neighborhoods filled with skeletons, headstones, and carved pumpkins. We are surrounded by symbols of death. As Christians, we believe that death finds its true meaning in the light of the death and resurrection of Christ (Paschal Mystery). Through Jesus’ resurrection, death does not get the last word (1 Corinthians 15:19) Christ is our hope, and nothing – not even death – can separate us from the love of God. What may be commercially advertised as a “pagan” holiday, Halloween, in truth holds its origins in the Catholic faith. This all but forgotten triduum of Allhallowtide gives us an opportunity to celebrate and commemorate our departed loved ones, the saints, Heroes of our Faith, and all souls. I encourage you to explore this season and its roots.

This year, we will celebrate our loved ones through prayer and artistry. Traditionally, HFCS has placed a “Book of Life” in our entry where families may place the names of their loved ones that have departed this world. We urge you to share in this practice with us. We will pray for those loved ones throughout the remainder of this month and through November. Additionally, we will be creating an ofrenda. During Día de Muertos, November 1 and 2, the tradition is to build private altars (“ofrendas”) containing the photos of the departed. We encourage you to add to our ofrenda this season as well. Prayer is an important part of Allhallowtide and Dia de los Muertos celebrations. We pray for reconciliation, for living a life that transcends because of the sincere love we give in Christ’s name. We pray for God to comfort those of us that remain on earth.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, blessed All Saints and All Souls Days, and a great week!

Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren